On Nov 1 2017, Black Lives Matter activists and the mother of Alonzo
Smith gathered at Marbury Plaza on Good Hope Rd for a vigil and balloon
release marking two years since Alonzo's death. On Nov 1, 2015, two
"special police officers" from MD based Blackout Investigations employed
as security guards at Marbury Plaza beat or choked Alonzo Smith to
death. A witness reported seeing him run into the hallway yelling
"Somebody help me, they're trying to kill me."
On Nov 1 2017, a candlelight vigil with speakers and prayers in front
of Marbury Plaza was followed by a march up the parking lot to the
actual building where Alonzo was killed. It was there that the balloons
were released in memory of him. During the vigil at the start, Alonzo's
mother announced that a civil suit has been filed seeking justice for
her son's death.